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June 19, 2018

Former astronaut criticizes lunar gateway plans

WASHINGTON — A former NASA astronaut used an appearance at a National Space Council meeting June 18 to argue that a key element of NASA’s plans […]
June 18, 2018

Habitability of the young earth could boost the chances of life elsewhere

The conditions on the early Earth have long been a mystery, but researchers from NASA and the University of Washington have now devised a way to account for […]
June 17, 2018

NASA astronauts must sculpt freakishly strong arms to work in space

Here’s how former space station commander Peggy Whitson trained NASA astronauts readily admit that being able to float in space is a pretty cool job perk. […]
June 16, 2018

This Flying Space Droid Wants to Make Friends with Astronauts

The world’s first flying, autonomous, artificially intelligent (AI) astronaut assistant will soon get to work in space. Meet CIMON, the first AI-based assistance system for astronauts. […]
June 15, 2018

Who’s Out There?—Focusing On Talent

Complex critters are pretty clever. I’ve enjoyed watching David Attenborough and his “Planet Earth II,” in which he shows us some of the cleverness we may […]
June 14, 2018

Our DNA Might Be the Most Valuable Thing in a Trade Deal With Aliens

Or, how to avoid a “Mars Attacks”-style bloodbath when we eventually encounter extraterrestrials. While we haven’t seen any signs of extraterrestrial beings on the galactic horizon […]
June 13, 2018

NASA’s Opportunity rover is sleeping through a massive dust storm on Mars

The storm appeared on June 1—a haze of dust kicked up by winds blowing across the surface of Mars, visible in images sent back by the […]
June 12, 2018

Astronomers find source of stars’ mysterious microwaves

Mysterious streams of microwaves that come from far across the galaxy have been traced to immense clouds of spinning diamonds that swirl around newly-born stars. Astronomers […]
June 11, 2018

SpaceX proposing expansion of Florida launch processing facilities

WASHINGTON — SpaceX plans to significantly expand its footprint at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a sign that its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets will play […]